Ricardo Pelai has over five years of research experience applying insights and methods from the social sciences to better understand and address environmental problems. He has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Council of Canadian Academies synthesizing evidence to inform federal public policy. At the University of British Columbia, Ricardo investigated how different types of expertise are included (or excluded) in developing climate change adaptation policies, and the role of targets in governing biodiversity conservation. Ricardo holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia.